The atheist group Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) condemns newly formed Space Forces for using the Bible in the swearing-in ceremony.
Atheist group MRFF
The MRFF focuses on preserving the separation of the church and state in the military forces of the United States. Thus, when the newly formed Space Forces decided to use a Bible to swear in Gen. John Raymond, leader of the Space Forces, the MRFF fumed over the decision.
Spaces Forces swearing-in ceremony
On January 11, the Washington National Cathedral blessed a King James Version Bible which to be used for the swearing-in ceremony. The Bible was donated to the leader of the sixth military branch by the Museum of the Bible in Washington.
Consequently, Mikey Weinstein, founder, and president of MRFF sent a formal letter of complaint to Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
The group “condemns, in as full-throated a manner as is humanly possible, the shocking and repulsive display of only the vilest, exclusivist, fundamentalist Christian supremacy, dominance, triumphalism and exceptionalism,” Mikey Weinstein wrote in a statement.
MRFF commits to ensuring the members of the US Armed Forces have religious freedom. In short, the atheist group said that the blessing ceremony “tragically validates the villainy of unadulterated Christian privilege at DoD and its subordinate military branches.”
Nothing illegal during the ceremony
However, Mike Berry, First Liberty Institute, said that there’s nothing wrong and illegal in using the Bible for the ceremony.
“The tradition of using a Bible for swearing-in dates back to the very founding of our nation. With presidents and members of Congress doing so since George Washington,” he explained. “It is in every sense part of our historic heritage and is perfectly legal.”
The newly formed sixth branch of the US military is a military branch that prepares for and conducts space warfare. Moreover, as of January 2020, the United States is the only nation with an independent space force.
Reference: Fox News